When a page is turned in a book… you can no longer see what was on the previous page… you must look forward. Some things in life are like that too.
Sure, you can look back in the book. You can always look back.
The question is, should you.
Looking forward, with clarity and passion…
That is where we gain the most ground.
This week we were to not give any opinions unless asked or we are an expert in the area… like if someone were to ask me my opinion on web design and techno stuff online. Then, I could give my opinion.
But, only because I am an expert in those areas.
Where am I not an expert?
LOTS of things. I found myself silent… and seeking the opinions of others. I found myself asking, “What do you think?” …and I found myself listening.
I am surely not an expert in parenting. I’ve had more than 20 years of experience… but I am no expert.
I have my opinions…
But I am no expert.
Parenting teenagers is no picnic.
Parenting teenagers while having no opinion is actually… easier.
At least that’s how I feel.
It’s my opinion that causes the riff in our relationship… and when I abandon my opinion, I am left with an open mind. It was certainly a different experience to listen without an agenda and without judgement.
I don’t remember this exercise affecting me this way last year. I am amazed at how much more I am getting out of the MKMMA this second time around. It is certainly worth taking again and again… perhaps for a lifetime.
I form good habits and become their slave.
Tomorrow we turn the page in The Greatest Salesman in the World.
I am looking forward… looking forward to the next chapter.
In more ways than one.